The Eendrachtstuin is a mural richer


The Eendrachtstuin (Eendrachtsstraat 113) is this year 50 years open as a neighborhood garden and that is celebrated, through art! At the initiative of a resident, supported by the neighborhood and garden managers, Floor Milou Smit was commissioned by CBK Rotterdam/BKOR to make several designs for a mural from which one favorite emerged. On September 24, when autumn has just started, we will celebrate the mural that enriches the garden at 16.00 pm.  

Floor Milou Smit

Floor Milou Smit  (those/services/them/their) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2019 with a study on muralism, after which it was immediately found for making large works in, among other things, different interiors. For the Cool district, he worked with thoughts brought forward by the residents, which they translated into their autonomous work: his work brings large solid forms with flowers as a positive symbol, color in the shady garden that are displayed in a playful and simplified (almost abstract) way. A contemporary still life with a connection to the long history of the use of flowers in art. 

Unity Garden

The Eendrachtstuin was once the private property of a wealthy resident of the Cool district. He opened the garden to all local residents in 1971 and transferred the property to the municipality. Perry Kruithof and Kim Bruijn-Romeijn have both lived in the neighborhood all their lives. They played there as children, now they manage the volunteers who maintain the greenery of the Eendrachtstuin. 

Perry Kruithof: 'We both have young children and would like to bring the residents of the neighborhood together. The two of us spend a total of eight to ten hours a week working on the garden. We open and close the gate, water the plants, sweep the grounds and organize activities.'

'When we pick up our children at the playgroup, which is nearby, we go and play in the Eendrachtstuin with a group of children and parents. We want to be a garden with activities for everyone. At Christmas, Easter and Halloween we organize a party for the children and local residents. But we are also open to other activities: anyone who wants to celebrate Eid or organize tai chi is welcome!' 

The Eendrachtstuin is open from 08.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m., longer in the summer. 

 

 The performance was made possible by CBK Rotterdam and Cool aan de Gang. 

Publication date: 03 / 09 / 2021